Session 13

Are you willing to trust God’s plan?

From Year of the Bible 2021
Genesis 27 and Genesis 28

Old and nearing death, Isaac told Esau to prepare a special meal and receive his blessing as the firstborn. 

Fatherly blessings were more than goodbyes; they had lasting, binding impacts. Fathers would speak to their sons’ futures, give words of encouragement, and convey details about their inheritance. 

Hearing that Isaac was ready to bless Esau, Rebekah puts a plan in motion to make sure Jacob receives Esau’s blessing. God had already told Rebekah that Jacob would inherit the family blessing (Genesis 25:23-26). But rather than waiting to see how God’s word would come to pass, Rebekah took matters into her own hands. 

Rebekah’s plan unleashes great pain. Esau vows to kill his brother, and Rebekah has to send Jacob away to keep him safe. But not far into Jacob’s journey, God appears to him in a dream, promising to bless Jacob’s family and bless the world through them. 

Matthew 10:1-23

Jesus sent the disciples out to proclaim the good news to the nation of Israel: The kingdom of God was near! 

Jesus told the disciples not to take supplies but to let God provide for them in each city they entered. Jesus knew not everyone would respond well to the disciples or their message, so He tells them, “Be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves.” 

In other words, be astute and discerning. Don’t waste time trying to convince people who aren’t receptive. Move on. Keep your lives above board, innocent of wrongdoing, blameless. 

People would come after Jesus’ disciples the same way they came after Him. So Jesus tells them to expect persecution, not to fear it, and to trust the Holy Spirit to show them what to say (Matthew 10:19-20).  

Make It Personal
  • What’s one way you saw God show up last year? How has God shown Himself trustworthy during a tumultuous year?
  • Is there anything you’re trying to make happen on your own rather than trusting God’s timing and provision?
  • What does it look like for you to be shrewd as a snake and innocent as a dove in the places Jesus sent you?

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Session 1

God’s Word gives life

Genesis 1 and Genesis 2God spoke and light appeared. God spoke and continents were formed. God spoke and creatures of every kind came to ...

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Session 2

Humanity’s sin and God’s plan

Genesis 3 and Genesis 4 Adam and Eve experienced sin’s devastating effect when they yielded to the serpent’s (i.e., the devil’s) temptati...

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Session 3

This is our family

Genesis 5 and Genesis 6The world’s population grew as Adam and Eve went forth and multiplied, just as God told them to. All of mankind co...

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Session 4

God’s remembrance and our repentance

Genesis 7 to Genesis 9Noah makes final preparations and loads the ark with his family and the animals God told him to bring. After taking...

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Session 5

Jesus models dependence on God

Genesis 10 and Genesis 11After the flood, Noah’s descendants repopulated the earth. Generations reaped the benefits of Noah’s trust in Go...

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Session 6

Remember God’s promises

Genesis 12 to Genesis 14God gives Abram a promise, but it comes with an action step: “Go to the land I will show you, and I will make you...

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Session 7

Faith takes us above and beyond

Genesis 15 and Genesis 16God promises Abram he will give him descendants as numerous as the stars. This would have seemed physically impo...

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Session 8

Your Father who sees in secret will reward you

Genesis 17 and Genesis 18Abraham was 99 years old when the Lord said he would have “countless descendants” (Genesis 17:2-4, NLT). Ab...

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Session 9

Are you going your own way?

Genesis 19 and Genesis 20Sodom’s sin was so great that the Lord sent angels to investigate (Genesis 18:20, Genesis 19:1). What they found...

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Session 10

God is our powerful provider

Genesis 21 and Genesis 22Imagine how confused Abraham must have been when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac. Why would God give him a gift...

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Session 11

God knows what you need

Genesis 23 and Genesis 24When Sarah dies, Abraham asks the Hittites to sell him land so he could bury her. Because the Hittites respected...

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Session 12

Where do you need healing?

Genesis 25 and Genesis 26In Genesis 25, the focus shifts from Abraham to the next generation. Isaac, the son Abraham was promised, marrie...

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Session 13

Are you willing to trust God’s plan?

Genesis 27 and Genesis 28Old and nearing death, Isaac told Esau to prepare a special meal and receive his blessing as the firstborn. ...

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Session 14

Discipleship is a whole life commitment

Genesis 29 and Genesis 30In Genesis 29, the former deceiver is deceived. After falling in love with Rachel, Jacob is tricked into marryin...

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Session 15

The Violent Take It By Force

Genesis 31 and Genesis 32Jacob flees from Laban as the tension between them grows. Both take turns deceiving the other, manipulating thei...

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Session 16

Pursuing Reconciliation and Serving Others

Genesis 33 and Genesis 34As Jacob returned to Canaan with his family, he feared his brother Esau might hold a grudge against him for Jaco...

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Session 17

Returning to God

Genesis 35 and Genesis 36As Jacob continues his journey back to his father Isaac, several events take place to signify the passing from o...

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Session 18

God’s plan redeems scandal

Genesis 37 and Genesis 38Joseph was favored by his father Jacob and all of his brothers knew it. This favor is clearly shown when Joseph ...

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Session 19

God is With You

Genesis 39, Genesis 40, and Genesis 41Potiphar placed Joseph in a position of great responsibility because he recognized the relationship...

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Session 20

God fulfills His promises

Genesis 42, Genesis 43, and Genesis 44Joseph begins to see the dreams he had long ago become fulfilled. Joseph’s brothers don’t recognize...

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Session 21

Do not be afraid

Genesis 45, Genesis 46, and Genesis 47What Joseph’s brothers meant for evil by selling him into slavery, God used to save their lives. Jo...

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Session 22

What comes from the heart

Genesis 48, Genesis 49, and Genesis 50As Jacob prepares to die, he looks to pass on the covenantal promises and blessings of God Almighty...

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